[amsat-bb] Re: Pass prediction - New Option - ALL

Bryce Salmi bstguitarist at gmail.com
Sun Jun 9 16:56:49 PDT 2013

Hey Bob,
     Thanks for the comments! I'm one of the people who helped restore
functionality of the current pass prediction tool and wanted to let you
know that the initial effort for those of us working on the website was to
get the pre-Wordpress tracker back up and working as it was. This was the
quickest method after some review. The beginnings of a newer and more
Wordpress friendly solution is in the talks but there are a few other
issues with higher priority such as getting the Wordpress website fully
functions and looking nice. We're hitting one issue at a time.
     I'll keep this email in mind and make sure your ideas are looked into.
I myself find these very useful as while in school (I just graduated from
RIT in May) with the RIT Amateur Radio Club (K2GXT) I gave several
satellite demonstrations and know your frustrations! This is a good idea
and one that I'm sure would be used often at schools, hamfests, club
meetings, etc.


Bryce Salmi

On Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> The pass prediction page is wonderful!  Great work!
> But it is tedious if you simply want to know what is the next satellite to
> demo.
> I's like to ask the programmers to add a second link to an ALL-SATELLITES
> page.
> This page would simply list the next 10 satellites to come in view at
> the subscribers location.  This is what I need because I never know
> when someone is going to walk through the door and I need to give a
> quick demo.  Or when I have a few minutes in the shack and just want
> to see if something is in view in the next 10 minutes.
> The page would have these entries:  LAT/LONG and TIME (defaults to
> now).  Then there are several buttons:
> * FM only
> * ALL mode
> * Voice
> * Digital
> * All beacons
> If ALL BEACONS is checked, then all satellites with telemetry in the
> ham bands are included in the list including all the bleepsats.  If
> this is not checked, then the other 4 buttons are used to filter.
> The result is a LIST of the next 10 passes of any satellite that meets
> the criteria.
> This type of pass prediction engine is of extreme value to people that
> want to DEMO Amateur satellites without having to go run pass
> predictions on over 30 different satellites just to see what might be
> in view.  With that many satellites there is almost always coming
> coming up real soon, and this is invaluable for quick demos.
> It is also invaluable for the ham that only gets a few minutes in his
> shack now and then.  This page would show him what might be available
> for the next several minutes...
> Bob, WB4APR
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